Friday, August 30, 2013

Coalition asks Gov. Jerry Brown to halt fracking in California

I don't think Moonbeam is THAT stupid.

"The truth is that there is no proven way to protect California from fracking besides prohibiting this inherently dangerous practice," said the letter delivered to the governor's office Wednesday.
...they say even after fracking has been going on for over decades and NO ONE EVEN NOTICED!

The True History of the Democratic Racist Party

Still, for the life of me I can not figure out how the Party of Lincoln that championed equal rights for blacks got painted with the color of racism.  And how the Party of Jim Crow, that HISTORICALLY passed law after law after law to keep the black man down, has come out wearing a halo.

Below are excerpts from Larry Elder's link to his Free Republic entry.

How many blacks know that blacks founded the Texas Republican Party? On July 4, 1867, in Houston, Texas, 150 blacks and 20 whites formed the party. No, not the Black Texas Republican Party, they founded the Texas Republican Party. Blacks across Southern states also founded the Republican parties in their states.
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Ku Klux Klan? In 1872 congressional investigations, Democrats admitted beginning the Klan as an effort to stop the spread of the Republican Party and to re-establish Democratic control in Southern states. As PBS' "American Experience" notes, "In outright defiance of the Republican-led federal government, Southern Democrats formed organizations that violently intimidated blacks and Republicans who tried to win political power. The most prominent of these, the Ku Klux Klan, was formed in Pulaski, Tenn., in 1865." Blacks, who were all Republican at that time, became the primary targets of violence.
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Jim Crow laws? Between 1870 and 1875, the Republican Congress passed many pro-black civil rights laws. But in 1876, Democrats took control of the House, and no further race-based civil rights laws passed until 1957. In 1892, Democrats gained control of the House, the Senate and the White House, and repealed all the Republican-passed civil rights laws. That enabled the Southern Democrats to pass the Jim Crow laws, poll taxes, literacy tests, and so on, in their individual states.

LA Times claims Democrats led passage of Civil Rights Act; Larry Elder rebuts

Either the LA Times is trying to rewrite history or they are just plain stupid.  I pick both.  The Party of Jim Crow hated blacks.  And those that continually vote D are deluding themselves into thinking Ds have their back.
According to the article linked by Elder...,

Only 64 percent of Democrats in Congress voted for the 1964 Civil Rights Act (153 for, 91 against in the House; and 46 for, 21 against in the Senate). But 80 percent of Republicans (136 for, 35 against in the House; and 27 for, 6 against in the Senate) voted for the 1964 Act. 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

IS CALIFORNIA THE NEXT DETROIT?

Wow.  The author argues that the beginning of the end was one-party governing of Detroit.  I can't say there is anything new in the article.  But it sort of brings it all together.
Brown’s budget will first slash money to schools and raise tuition on its students, while leaving all 519 state agencies intact. He apparently will protect political patronage at all costs. Jobs, and job creators, are fleeing the state. Intel, Apple, Google and others are expanding out of the state. The best and brightest minds are leaving for Texas and North Carolina. The signs are everywhere. State revenues are declining during many years. Meanwhile, the voters sleep and blindly send the same cast of misfits back to Sacramento each year — just as Detroit did before them.

The beaches are still beautiful. The mountains are still snow capped and the climate is still the envy of the world. Detroit never had that. But will California’s physical attributes be enough? If the people of California want to glimpse their future, they need look no farther than once proud City of Detroit. It can happen here.

San Bernardino, California, gets bankruptcy protection

From Reuters:

Judge Meredith Jury of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California ruled that San Bernardino was eligible for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection despite opposition by the California Public Employees' Retirement System, or Calpers. The $260 billion pension fund is the city's biggest creditor and America's largest pension fund. "I am ruling as a matter of law that the city is eligible," Jury said. "I don't think anyone in this courtroom seriously thought the city was anything but insolvent."
Wow.  I can't help but wonder what's happening on the street level.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Data highlights California’s dream and nightmare

From UT San Diego:

For instance, a quick perusal finds that San Diego County has the 13th highest unemployment rate in the state at a still-high 7.8 percent. But head over the mountains into Imperial County and the "Two California" theme echoed by the business group is hard to avoid. Imperial has the worst unemployment in the state, at a shocking 26.1 percent. There are troubling differences within regions, also, but the geographic differences are stark.

Legislator calls for more California companies to put women on their boards

Today's "suggestion" is tomorrow's mandate.

Acknowledging that her resolution isn’t a mandate, Jackson called it “a symbolic show of support” that’s intended to “start a discussion here in California.” Jackson noted that California and the United States lag far behind countries like Norway, France and Spain, all of which have passed legislation requiring their companies to reach quotas of 40 percent women as board members.

In the last eight years, California has seen “shockingly little change” in the number of women on corporate boards of the state’s 400 largest publicly held companies, according to UC Davis researcher Amanda Kimball, who conducts the university’s annual study of female representation in corporate settings. “At this rate, it would take more than 100 years to reach gender balance,” she said.

In its most recent study, issued last December, UCD reported that only 10 percent of those 400 companies had board seats occupied by women, with the worst record held by the state’s semiconductor industry.
Don't you just love the "shockingly little change" scare quotes?

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Kentucky students to first lady Michelle Obama: Your food ‘tastes like vomit’

When a kid doesn't like your food, you're the first to hear about it!
“They say it tastes like vomit,” said Harlan County Public Schools board member Myra Mosley at a contentious board meeting last week, reports The Harlan Daily Enterprise.

The growing body of USDA meal regulations implemented by the Department of Agriculture under the “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010″ has long been a signature issue for the first lady.

Denizens of Harlan County don’t much care, though. Their primary concern at the board meeting was a bevy of complaints that local children are starving at lunch — and for the remainder of the school day — because the food on offer in the cafeteria is crappy and there isn’t nearly enough of it.

California trying to strike out tax-exempt status for Little League, ‘discriminatory’ groups

How utterly, utterly stupid.
The bill, introduced by State Sen. Ricardo Lara, names the Boy Scouts, Little League, Future Farmers of America and 19 other organizations as examples of groups that could be stripped of their tax-exempt status if found to discriminate based on gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality, race, religion or religious affiliation.

The measure also threatens tax-exempt status for public and private schools found to sponsor discriminatory youth groups. One critic said it could even threaten an exemption status held by a church.

Taxes or gasoline: What drives up cost of driving in California?

So, or gasoline total yearly costs, CA'ians pay less than the average for the nation.  That's a surprise...until you read why. 

CA'ians drive less.  And why would that be?  That's easy:  the cost of gas is too high!!

But the total cost for operating a car in CA is very, very high...


Taxes, not gasoline prices, are the reason California is the state with the second-highest cost for operating a car, Bankrate.com contends.

Californians pay an average $1,809 in taxes and fees for their cars, the financial website said. That’s almost double the national average of $1,058.

Overall, Californians pay an average of $3,966 annually to operate a vehicle. That compares with a national average of $3,201.

Drivers here pay an average of $980 for gasoline, slightly below the $1,028 average.

California Vies for New Space Industry

Wow.  And how long do you think this will last?  Would you like to know what the headlines will read 10 years from now?

"SIERRA CLUB SUES SPACEPORT FOR KILLING ENDANGERED SPECIES"

Or how about this:

"CARB MANDATES ROCKET PLUMES TO BE SMOKELESS.  WILL SAVE 25 NEEDLESS DEATHS A YEAR.  SPACEPORT OPERATORS SAY THIS WILL DOUBLE COST OF LAUNCHES."

Do I need to go on?  You KNOW where this will head, right??

Tesla outsells Porsche, Buick, Lincoln, others in California

Gee...I dunno. Two hundred miles on a charge?  That means you STILL need another car to drive long distances.  I find no appeal in that whatsoever.
In June, Tesla outsold (on the basis of registrations) Buick, Lincoln, Porsche, Volvo, and Cadillac—and far outsold Jaguar and Land Rover combined. And the long-established, full-line luxury brand Infiniti only posted just 51 more registrations in the state than Tesla.


California Senate Passes Bill to Let Nurses Perform Abortions

So, what is all of this leading to?  Looks to me that they are trying to make the doctor irrelevant and pointless.  Get rid of the high-priced employee and bring down the cost of healthcare.

How short-sighted is that?

The measure by Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins, a San Diego Democrat, passed the Senate 25 to 11. The bill now goes back to the Assembly, which passed it in May, to ratify amendments before going to Governor Jerry Brown, a Democrat.

If signed, California would allow abortions by midwives, physician assistants and nurse practitioners in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Four others states permit non-physician abortions: Montana, New Hampshire, Oregon and Vermont, according to a University of California, San Francisco, study. Thirty-nine states require a licensed physician.
Wow.  States that are Paragons of Liberal Thought.  Doesn't surprise me in the least.


Monday, August 26, 2013

California's Smoke Signals

Good Wall Street Journal article on the issues with CA's green initiative.  The premise is that the renewable power facilities are located hundreds of miles from their intended destination.  This makes them prone to failure from earthquakes and raging fires.

Take San Diego Gas & Electric, which last year completed a 120-mile transmission line from Imperial County wind and solar farms at a cost of $1.9 billion. According to a 2008 draft Environmental Impact Report, "there were 33 reported power outages resulting from 16 distinct wildfire or lightning events" between 1986 and 2005 along an existing transmission line running through the valley.



Sunday, August 25, 2013

California’s ‘truck-n-bus’ fiasco

The systematic destruction of a state continues unabated.

Ultimately, even if you are concerned about particulates as a pollutant, or about greenhouse gas emissions, then you should still oppose these kinds of regulations, because they are doing far more harm than good.

We have millions of Californians out of work, and these regulations impede job growth and diminish much-needed tax revenue. Secondly, the trucks will fuel up out-of-state, depriving California of the revenue to offset the damage to our roads. And lastly, the trucks will travel twice the distance to get into and back out of the state, doubling their impact on pollution and greenhouse gases. So much for the good intentions of CARB, which passed regulations that will cost us jobs and tax revenues, without doing anything about the problem it purports to solve.

Obama supporters will go hysterical over this well sourced list of 252 examples of his lying, lawbreaking, corruption, cronyism, etc.

A comprehensive, well sourced list of O'bama's war on Americans.  I just don't understand how he and Holder got away with Fast & Furious.  Just disgusting.
Every President, every politician, and every human being tells lies and engages in acts of hypocrisy. But Barack Obama does these things to a far greater degree than anyone else that I have ever known of. His campaign promises were so much better sounding than anyone else’s – no lobbyists in his administration, waiting five days before signing all non-emergency bills so people would have time to read them, putting health care negotiations on C-SPAN, reading every bill line by line to make sure money isn’t being wasted, prosecution of Wall St. criminals, ending raids against medical marijuana in states where it’s legal, high levels of transparency. Obama’s promises of these wonderful things sounded inspiring and sincere. They sounded so much better than the promises of any other President. So when Obama broke these promises, it felt so much worse than when other Presidents broke their promises.
Tim Geitner's nomination and subsequent vote to be Sec Treasury is probably a good example of corruption in not only the Presidency but also the Senate.  Dan put together a comprehensive list of Geitner's flaunting of law and IRS tax code and yet...he was voted in anyway:
Obama nominated Timothy Geithner, a repeat tax cheater, to head the government agency that enforces the tax laws. Prior to his nomination, Geithner had:

1) Illegally failed to pay more than $34,000 in social security and medicare taxes

2) Illegally declared the cost of his children’s summer camp as a form of day care.

3) Illegally failed to pay the early withdrawal penalty when he took money out of his retirement plan

4) Illegally declared non-eligible items as a charitable deduction

5) Illegally declared something which was ineligible as a small business deduction

6) Illegally declared utility expenses which had actually been for his personal use  

Headquarters Relocation to Reno, Nevada Brings 41 Potential Jobs

These are the type of jobs that CA should be fighting to keep in CA.  Too bad.

The relocation brings significant capital expenditures, corporate citizenship, and an increased likelihood of investment in the community. They are following the trend of other companies heading east for a healthier business climate. The Nevada location opened early July and is now hiring. To apply for available positions or to learn more about 4506-Transcripts.com or their partner company Private Eyes, Inc, please visit their websites and LinkedIn company page or send an email.

U.S. government sues to block vouchers in some Louisiana school systems

This is what happens to a government that really doesn't care about the welfare of the people.  All they care about is their dogma and their ideology. How abhorrent!  To them, it is better to keep blacks under the thumb rather than allow them to get a better education.  How disgusting!

Jindal blasted the Justice Department's suit Saturday. "After generations of being denied a choice, parents finally can choose a school for their child, but now the federal government is stepping in to prevent parents from exercising this right. Shame on them," he said. "Parents should have the ability to decide where to send their child to school."
I think I would use stronger language than that!


Saturday, August 24, 2013

Wal-Mart, GE execs say U.S. manufacturing becoming more competitive

Good news.  This from MarketWatch:


On Thursday, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. WMT gathered 1,500 attendees, including 500 manufacturers, both from the U.S. and overseas, along with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, Dallas Federal Reserve President Richard Fisher; eight state governors among officials from 32 states for a manufacturing summit. General Electric GE CEO Jeff Immelt also spoke and announced it’s making more energy-efficient light bulbs domestically. Television producer Element said it’s going to make some TVs back in the U.S.

The manufacturing summit came after Wal-Mart said earlier this year it’s committed to buying $50 billion in additional U.S.-made goods the next 10 years. While that amount pales against the company’s global sales of $479.3 billion, it’s expected to gather some steam.
This tells me that from a manufacturing perspective, the US had hit rock bottom and is moving back up. I have often wondered if this is something we had t go through as a macro-business cycle.

The bad news is that since so many companies left the country, the ones that are returning aren't hiring nearly the number they had before.  This is mainly due to automation.

I think in the end, this will be the worldwide battle.  Either automation makes everyone rich...or everyone poor.

Here is Governor Nikki Haley (SC) speaking at the Walmart Conference:



She makes an interesting claim that there are no unions in South Carolina.  That's probably true...now.  But during the time when South Carolina had numerous cotton mills and a thriving fabric industry, the unions were there.  But, as usual, they priced themselves - and the companies they worked for - out of the market.  The rest is history.

Aggressive gun confiscation in California out of control

When I first read about this I figured there was an angle I didn't quite get.  We certainly don't want firearms in the hands of the mentally insane.  That's, well, insane.

But apparently, CA, like any large thuggish Big State, is not doing a good job having any consideration of law abiding citizens' 2nd amendment rights.


What began as an innocuous-sounding pilot program in California to get guns out of the hands of felons and the mentally infirm, is now turning into a state-wide gun-grab aimed at law-abiding citizens that peace officers are beginning to question.
Here are a couple of youtube videos about it.  One is from the NRA.  But bear in mind that the NRA was originally in FAVOR of the APPS program.




Infowars has one as well...

Thursday, August 22, 2013

New York, California, Illinois Hemorrhage Tax Dollars

Got this via Instapundit at The American Interest:

A new study on state-by-state income migration from the Tax Foundation (h/t WSJ), found that New York, California, and Illinois—the largest blue states in the country—led the country in income flight during the last decade. New York was hit particularly hard, losing $46 billion dollars of taxable income to people leaving the state over the past ten years. And these states were not alone: blue stalwarts like Maryland, New Jersey, and Massachusetts were not far behind.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Carbon prices in California have slumped to the lowest level this year as the state weighs increasing the number of free permits offered to polluters in an effort to kick-start the fledgling market. Allowances for December delivery, which can be used by companies from BP Plc (BP/) to Chevron Corp. (CVX) to cover emissions as early as this year, dropped to $13.35 a metric ton on Aug. 19, the lowest since Dec. 10, according to data compiled by CME Group Inc. Permits auctioned Aug. 16 were expected to attract the lowest price since November, according to a Bloomberg New Energy Finance analysis.

So, offering a product that is going down in price (caused by too much supply and not enough demand) and then offering it for free is going to...do what for the economy in CA?  I can tell you:  it's going to do NOTHING for the economy of CA.
California, the world’s 10th-largest economy, said July 18 that it will consider increasing by one-third the number of free allowances issued to refiners, metals producers and other companies facing higher costs and even job losses as they seek to comply with a program designed to cut emissions 15 percent by 2020. The state Air Resources Board, which began the world’s second-largest carbon market in 2012, will release results of last week’s auction today.

“The market viewed the state’s plan as bearish and sold off,” Lenny Hochschild, head of global carbon trading for broker Evolution Markets in White Plains, New York, said by telephone. “Those companies that may receive free allocations would presumably have less buying to do than they otherwise would have.”
Notice that CA is now the world's TENTH largest economy?  That's down from the NINTH largest economy.

California Votes on Driver's Licenses That Allow the Government (and Anyone With $40) to Stalk You

Why the heck not?  That would be the icing on the Leftist cake!
California's Assembly Appropriations Committee is expected to vote on a bill Wednesday that would give residents the option of getting a "driver license on steroids." The enhanced IDs, which are recommended by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), act as an international E-ZPass—complete with a microchip holding a unique ID number that can be read via radio up to 50 meters away—and can be used to drive across borders between Canada and Mexico.
No.  What they would do is use it with license plate monitoring systems to come up with your entire driving history.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Bitter Memories: The Fall of Saigon (Part 1)

I have a special interest in the Vietnam war since my dad was an NCO stationed there several times. With Nixon no longer at the helm, it all seemed hopeless.  Gerald Ford was a horrible, horrible president.
As I learned later, North Vietnam was testing American resolve: would we keep our solemn pledge to counterstrike if the North Vietnamese violated the cease fire signed in Paris in 1973? The seizure of Phuoc Long was a gross violation. Yet we did nothing.



Police: California San Joaquin valley becoming 'doper's paradise'

Legitimate farmers are run out of business and thousands of farmers have lost their jobs due to stupid government policies and regulations.  What did you expect  would happen?
About 50 acres were devoted to growing marijuana, but the plants were mostly hidden among rows of peppers, tomatoes, bitter melons and corn. U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner said the legal crops had been left to die -- a telltale sign that the farm wasn't what it might seem.

Fifty people were detained, but it was too early in the investigation to determine how many would be arrested, Sheriff Margaret Mims said. Deputies confiscated several weapons and dozens of pounds of high-grade marijuana that was ready to be sold.

AB976 -- and why you should write your senator!

Yeah.  Write your senator to DEFEAT it.  The CCC is thuggish and needs to be ELIMINATED.

Which brings us back to AB976--and to some potentially very good news! Sponsored by San Diego Democrat and Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins, this bill proposes to allow the Coastal Commission to levy fines (potentially upwards of $1,000 per day) directly against violators. The bill has already passed the Assembly and is making its way through the Senate committees. It should reach the floor any day now.
Considering only the über wealthy can afford to live on the coast, $1,000 a day doesn't seem like such a big deal.

The article goes on to mention that there is a backlog of over 1800 violations.  These violations are submitted to the Attorney General for litigation.  The fact that the CCC can't get the Attorney General to act on all of these should tell you that they see NO MERIT in the cases.

And think about it.  EIGHTEEN HUNDRED supposed violations.  What the hell does the CCC think it is?  And violations of....what??

Scalia: High court shouldn’t ‘invent new minorities that get special protections’

He's right!  Special protection means "privileged protection" and is antithetical to equal protection under the law.
“It's not up to the courts to invent new minorities that get special protections,” Scalia said, in an apparent reference to the court's recent decisions on gay marriage and federal benefits for same-sex couples. Scalia said courts should not create new rights, leaving that to constitutional changes or to Congress. 


Rural Coloradans to vote on breaking away as 51st state, angered by liberal policies on guns, energy

I think this is what CA needs to do.  Sacramento's power needs to be diminished.
“The concerns of rural Coloradans have been ignored for years,” William Garcia, chairman of the Weld County Commissioners, said in a statement. “The last session was the straw that broke the camel’s back for many people. They want change. They want to be heard.”

Three other rural counties — Cheyenne, Sedgwick and Yuma — also plan to place the 51st state referendum on the fall ballot. At least three more counties plan to consider the proposal this week at their commission meetings, said Jeffrey Hare, spokesman for the 51st State Initiative.


Sunday, August 18, 2013

Oakland CA: Besieged With Gun Violence, Residents Will Hire Private Security

Got this from Clash Daily.
With budget cuts forcing Oakland to trim its police force by a third, residents decided to pay themselves for private security patrols, which is understandable when you hear this from Hetherington.

“A car came down the street, three guys got out with a gun. There was a gun battle three blocks over. And I did hear actually a bullet went through somebody’s house.”

Schock: IRS can’t stop illegal behavior

How is this a surprise?  Did you think O'bama really meant he was going to have the targeting stopped?  Did you really believe him?

"After the investigation had already begun, after the illegal behavior had already been exposed, they were asking pro-life groups how much of their time was being spent in prayer, how much of their time was being spent outside of abortion clinics, things that are clearly illegal for the IRS to ask when it's determining the tax-exempt status of any organization," Schock said.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Black Republicans file articles of impeachment against Obama

Those RACISTS!!!!
Association Chairman Frances Rice asked Congress to initiate impeachment proceedings, citing Obama’s “attack on liberty and commission of egregious acts of despotism that constitute high crimes and misdemeanors.”

“In his conduct of the office of President of the United States, Barack H. Obama, aka Barry Soetoro, personally and through his subordinates and agents, in violation or disregard of the constitutional rights of citizens and in violation of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, has prevented, obstructed, and impeded the administration of justice … and by such conduct, warrants impeachment and trial, and removal from office,” Rice wrote before listing the specifics.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Wall Street sues California city looking to bail out homeowners

This is good news.  Talk about an abuse of eminent domain.
The Bay Area city of Richmond is the first to push for the use of eminent domain in a plan that would see mortgages in repayment delinquency seized from lenders and investors, or rather sold at a deep discount, by the city, and then refinanced on behalf of borrowers with more affordable terms.

The US Federal Housing Finance Agency, which regulates mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, has now said that it will move to halt the use of eminent domain by cities to seize underwater mortgages from lenders.

California House Democrats urge Jerry Brown to sign immigration bill

Why even publish this in English?  CA, you are headed to the end of your American culture.
The members said current deportation policies make communities less safe by making immigrants less willing to cooperate with law enforcement. The bill is called the TRUST Act, or A.B. 4, by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco). Brown vetoed a similar bill last year on the grounds that it was too broad. The current bill now before the state senate would enlarge the number of crimes that would start deportation proceedings. The bill is opposed by the California District Attorneys Association.
What. A. Crock.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

NBC News: Negative Obamacare Effects 'From Maine to California'

I'm amazed NBC would be critical of anything Obama does and says.
But the president of an influential union that supports Obamacare said the White House is wrong. "It IS happening," insisted Joseph Hansen, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers union, which has 1.2 million members. "Wait a year. You'll see tremendous impact as workers have their hours reduced and their incomes reduced. The facts are already starting to show up. Their statistics, I think, are a little behind the time." In a letter to Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill, Hansen joined other labor chieftains in warning that the ACA as presently written could “destroy the foundation of the 40-hour work week that is the backbone of the middle class.” NBC News spoke with almost 20 small businesses and other entities from Maine to California, and almost all said that because of the new law they’d be cutting back hours for some employees – an unintended consequence of the new law.

California's Hen Pecking

More people weighing in.  I think either way, CA loses.
The problem is that this violates the U.S. Constitution's Commerce Clause, which bars states from passing legislation that discriminates against interstate trade. Eggs are already regulated for safety under the Federal Egg Inspection Act. California's law imposes a different standard that threatens the economic health of egg farms nationwide and amounts to rank trade protectionism for California's home-state egg industry.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

San Francisco split by Silicon Valley's wealth

Yup.  That's what happens in cities run by leftists.  What happened to that "lving wage"?
Fueling the growing rift is a common belief that the vast wealth being amassed by the tech industry is not spilling over into the community.

Instead, activists say, the high-tech invasion is driving up the cost of living to levels that more San Franciscans cannot afford.

They say that a dramatic increase in rent, housing prices and evictions has sharpened income inequality and squeezed out more middle-class families, small businesses, artists and intellectuals, the people who gave San Francisco its rich and diverse cultural appeal.

Ground zero for this growing array of grievances is the Mission District, a historically working-class Latino neighborhood where Victorian flats and newer lofts have been overrun by techies.
This article oozes disdain for those that have money.  The article makes it seem like that money just isn't "trickling down" to the poor masses.  Which is just the biggest load of horseshit I have ever heard.


GOP congressman invites controversial Obama-mask rodeo clown to perform in Texas

God Bless Texas.
Though the clown has been banned from future state fairs in Missouri and the other performers have been ordered to undergo sensitivity training, Rep. Steve Stockman invited the rodeo group to perform in his congressional district near Houston.

"Liberals want to bronco bust dissent. But Texans value speech, even if it’s speech they don't agree with… They want to crush dissent by isolating and polarizing anyone who questions Obama, even if it's a rodeo clown with a harmless gag," Stockman said in a statement.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

CA SET TO BECOME STRICTEST GUN CONTROL STATE WITH AMMUNITION REGISTRY

And not a soul will buy ammo in the state.  Everyone will go to Nevada.
According the San Jose Mercury News, the bills being heard in the state senate on August 12 would create a database of all ammo purchases in the state, "make it crime to have a gun that's not locked up when it's not being carried, and extend the time for which someone is banned from owning a firearm after making a violent threat."


CALIFORNIA LIBS CAN'T STOMACH MASSIVE SURVEILLANCE

I agree with the far left on this.  This really needs to stop.
“The Domain Awareness Center is the guard tower which will watch over every person in the city of Oakland,” Mark Raymond told the Chronicle. “This program is an attempt to criminalize and imprison all people who live [in] and pass through Oakland.”

Chants of “Shame! Shame! Shame!” rattled the chambers for nearly two minutes after the vote.

“This is a disaster and it is going to last for years,” Cynthia Morse yelled as she stared down members of the council.
This is why block grants to states and cities need to stop.

Monday, August 12, 2013

California lawmakers urge pension funds to halt Russia investments

They want to ban investments in evil oil.  They want to ban investments in evil Jewish companies.  Now they want to ban investments in Russian Companies.

What a bunch of morons.

Top Democrats in the California Senate on Monday asked the state's multibillion-dollar public employee pension funds to refrain from making future investments in Russia, adding their voices to protests against restrictions on gay rights there.

A proposed resolution by Senator Mark Leno, President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and others urges the California Public Employee Retirement System, or CalPERS, and the California State Teachers Retirement System, to halt investments in Russia until the issue is resolved.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Religious family survives being lost at sea

It's started.  The migration of Christians from the USA.
Hannah Gastonguay said her family was fed up with government control in the U.S. As Christians they don't believe in "abortion, homosexuality, in the state-controlled church," she said.

U.S. "churches aren't their own," Gastonguay said, suggesting that government regulation interfered with religious independence.

Among other differences, she said they had a problem with being "forced to pay these taxes that pay for abortions we don't agree with." While federal law bars public funding for abortion, state attempts to block Medicaid funding for organizations that provide the procedure have met with legal hurdles. Opponents say that funding allows those groups to perform abortions.

The Gastonguays weren't members of any church, and Hannah Gastonguay said their faith came from reading the Bible and through prayer.

Students go back to school with ‘Trayvon Martin dialogues’

We used to call this Indoctrination.
Middle and high school students in San Diego, California will be encouraged to vent their frustration that the world lacks justice when they return to school and participate in the “Trayvon Martin dialogues” this fall.

The board of San Diego Unified Schools unanimously approved a proposal recently to establish classroom forums to discuss the death of Trayvon Martin, a black teenager who was shot during an altercation with a Hispanic man, George Zimmerman, in Florida last year. A jury recently acquitted Zimmerman, who claimed that Martin struck first and shot him in self-defense.

Californians flee to Nevada to escape taxes, agents say

Why am I not surprised?

"It really started at the end of November," said Lexi Cerretti, an agent with of Sierra Sotheby's International.

"Right after it passed, some of these really high-net-worth individuals were saying, 'That's the last straw,'" she said.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Survey: plastic bag bans tied to increase in shoplifting

And we're surprised??  Way to go environuts!!!

That's because, in the eight months since enacting a ban on plastic bags in stores, Seattle merchants have lost untold thousands of dollars in merchandise, industry experts said.

"Across the United States we have seen these bag bans, and the shoplifting has always had a substantial leap," said Jan Gee, president of the Washington Food Industry Association, "and so it was not a surprise to us."


Five or More Failed Experiments in Measuring Global Sea Level Change

Doctor Soon reviews the evidence against the exaggerated numbers of sea level change.  And he's FUNNY!
It's a little longish, but listen to at least the 1st fifteen minutes.

Funniest quote:  A comedian who spoke at one of the conferences he attended a while back said (paraphrase) "if the sea is rising only 4 inches per century and you don't have the sense to move inland, you deserve to die."

FRACKING COMPANY GIVES UP ON NEW YORK

That's one eff'd up liberal state that is doomed.  Next: CA.

The ban and anti-fracking advocacy, combined with a costly legal battle to renew natural gas drilling leases under their original, more favorable terms, prompted Chesapeake to give up its fight and leave New Yorkers out of jobs and without economic growth “while neighboring states like Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia experience an energy drilling renaissance,” says Reuters. Kevin Colosimo, a trustee at large for the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation, says citizens in the neighboring state of Pennsylvania are reaping big rewards from the natural gas boom.

Friday, August 9, 2013

LAPD Handcuff Man for Taking Photos from Behind Fence, Claiming he Interfered with Investigation

This is the kind of stuff that makes me want to puke.
They handcuffed him, placed him in a patrol car, drove him to the police department and handcuffed him again to a bench, before they removed the handcuffs and brought him into an interrogation room.

When he refused to talk, insisting on contacting his attorney, they released him without charges.

But only after having detained him for 90 minutes.

Then they claimed they had never arrested him.
Here's the youtube video:

California Lawmakers Ask For Offshore Fracking Probe

Good.  You guys keep putting up roadblocks to oil production in and around CA.  That's fine with me.  As the people find out more and more what a hellhole CA is turning in with fewer sources of new revenue are tapped and existing streams dry up, maybe, just maybe they'll get the clue.

Fracking has occurred in the Santa Barbara Channel at least 12 times since the late 1990s, and regulators earlier this year approved a new project, according to a recent report by The Associated Press, which obtained well permits and internal emails through the Freedom of Information Act.

The extent of fracking in the Pacific causes “extreme concern,” state lawmakers led by Assemblyman Das Williams, D-Santa Barbara, said in the letter this week.

Unlike fracking on land, which has spurred efforts to prohibit or curtail the practice, fracking in federal waters is less common and has not received the same attention.

CA NEWPAPER: "Global warming already having dramatic impacts in California, new report says" REST OF WORLD: "Major Danish Daily Warns: “Globe May Be On Path To Little Ice Age…Much Colder Winters…Dramatic Consequences”!

So, whom do you believe?  CA?  Forget it!

First, The San Jose Mercury News:
Rising ocean waters. Bigger and more frequent forest fires. More brutally hot summer days.

These aren't the usual predictions about global warming based on computer forecasts. They're changes already happening in California, according to a detailed new report issued Thursday by the California Environmental Protection Agency.
Now from NoTricksZone that has translated the Danish paper:

The August 7 edition of Denmark’s Jyllands-Posten, featured a major 2-page article on the globe’s 15-years of missing warming and the potential solar causes and implications.

Moreover, they are featuring prominent skeptic scientists who are warning of a potential little ice age and dismissing CO2 as a major climate driver. And all of this just before the release of the IPCC’s 5AR, no less!

Hat-tip: NTZ reader Arne Garbøl

The August 7 print edition of the Danish Jyllands-Posten...features a full 2-page article bearing the headline: ”The behavior of the sun may trigger a new little ice age” followed by the sub-headline: “Defying all predictions, the globe may be on the road towards a new little ice age with much colder winters.”
I'm sorry, but I believe about -1% of what comes out of the mouths of CA bureaucrats.


EXCLUSIVE-MAN WHOSE SON MURDERED BY DREAMER RESCINDS BACKING OF HOUSE GOP ENFORCEMENT BILL

From Breitbart:

Jamiel Shaw, a Los Angeles man whose son Jamiel Shaw, Jr., was murdered by a DREAM Act-qualified illegal alien who currently sits on death row, told Breitbart News he is formally withdrawing his endorsement of the SAFE Act immigration bill by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) because he fears it will be used as a vehicle to get amnesty for illegal aliens.

“When they came out with the SAFE Act, one of the main provision was they were going after the gangs and they were going to make that a deportable offense,” Shaw said in a phone interview on Tuesday. “The guy that murdered my son was a DREAMer. He was one of the so-called ‘DREAM Act kids’ and he would have been set under the DREAM Act and said he was ‘brought here under no fault of his own.’ Just because you were brought here under no fault of your own doesn’t mean you give amnesty to everybody.”

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Thousands Protest Chevron Oil Refinery in Richmond, California

I know what Chevron should do.  Shut the refinery down.  The protesters all got there in cars fueled with CA formulated gas that came out of their refinery. Why is it people in CA love to bite the hand that feeds them?

From The Nation:

In the years since, RPA has strived to hold Chevron accountable on air quality, safety and other issues—such as back taxes owed to the city. On Friday, the city filed a lawsuit against Chevron over last year’s refinery fire: NBC reports the legal complaint accuses the company of “lax oversight and corporate indifference to necessary safety inspection and repairs.” The mayor and local activists have also opposed California’s cap-and-trade regulations (breaking ranks with some environmental groups), arguing for a mandate that would force Chevron to reduce its greenhouse-gas emissions locally.

What a pathetically slanted article.

Activist Cindy Sheehan plans run for California governor in 2014

And the really scary part?  She could win.

From CapitolAlert:
A statement on a Peace and Freedom Party website quoted Sheehan as saying she wants to run for governor "primarily because I believe that California should be leading the nation in peace, education, health care, sustainable/renewable energy and democracy."

Transit users caught in middle of California pension fight: Editorial

I'm telling you: don't accept Federal Block Grants.  This started out as the Nixon "Revenue Sharing" program throwing money at states and cities.  EVERYTHING comes with a string attached.  Whatever the Federal Government giveth, the Federal Government taketh away.


As our Steve Scauzillo reports, union complaints to the U.S. Department of Labor about the pension-reform laws have led the federal government to withhold more than $2.2 billion in grants to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Metro needs the money for bus and rail operation and maintenance, the Westside subway extension and a downtown connector tunnel. Those projects would create about 43,000 jobs, a Metro spokesman said.

Losing that money could lead Metro to make up for the lost money by cutting service or raising fares, inconveniencing some of the people who can least afford it.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Carlsbad Desalination Project to reduce energy costs using new technology

Pretty amazing technology.  

As part of the agreement, Energy Recovery will provide 144 of its PX Pressure Exchanger Q300 units to the seawater reverse-osmosis (SWRO) plant, aiding the estimated production output of 189,250 cubic meters of desalinated water per day (equivalent to 50 million gallons per day). The units are expected to ship by the end of the year, noted the release.

By choosing the PX technology, the vanguard project for California’s first large-scale plant will save an estimated 116 million kWh (kilowatt-hours) of energy per year, the equivalent of $12 million.
Here's a youtube video of their installations.


House members want California egg measure removed from farm bill

Good.   Let CA suffer the consequences of their actions.
Some 151 Democrats and 16 Republicans signed letters warning the measure could upset a wide range of state laws. GOP lawmakers said it also could jeopardize the entire farm bill.

The measure, which would prohibit states from imposing conditions on another state's production of agricultural goods, is included in the House-approved farm bill. There is no similar measure in the Senate version of the legislation. Formal House-Senate negotiations to reconcile differences in the farm bill are expected to begin in September.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

U-Haul Index for August 2013 Fleeing San Francisco.

I almost forgot!

The price for renting a U-Haul truck from San Antonio to San Francisco has plummeted from $862 down to $616.  The price for renting a U-Haul Truck from San Antonio to Fresno went UP from $576 to $614.

Just to remind you, I am basing these numbers on the truck used for a two bedroom apartment.

So, it looks like the trucks are in high demand in the SF to SA route.  Even fewer are making the trip the other way.  Not a good sign.

Fresno to SA hasn't changed.  But it looks like there has been a slight demand for trucks to Fresno.  But the difference is small.

So here are the numbers for August:

August 6th, 2013
Fresno to San Antonio:  $1728 (no change from last month)
San Antonio to Fresno: $614 (up $38 from last month)

San Francisco to San Antonio: $1674 (Up $274 from last month)
San Antonio to San Francisco: $616 (down $246 from last month)

What really stands out is the Index number for each:  SA/Fesno route: 2.814   SF/SA route: 2.718

The SF/SA route took a huge jump in the index.  Last month was 1.618

So, I think we are looking at EQUAL OPPORTUNITY FLEEING.  Proportionally, SF and Fresno are now equal.  The pace has indeed picked up with people leaving SF.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Detroit’s Bankrupt. Is California Next?

Nothing will happen.  Nothing will change.  CA will implode.
In a promotional video, City Journal’s Joel Kotkin, Andrew Klavan, Heather Mac Donald, and Victor Davis Hanson all contribute their insights into the state’s many troubles. Out-of-control public-employee pensions are draining the state’s coffers, and the widespread and powerful unions want more. The green movement has hijacked the promise of the state’s abundant natural resources and made them inaccessible to investors and innovators; the untapped oil and gas in the Monterey Shale could spur a California energy renaissance — if Sacramento would allow it. 




California is not the "beauty queen". She WAS the beauty queen before she smoked too many cigarettes that ruined her beautiful singing voice, dried and wrinkled her face and now she has that damn cough that sounds like she's coughing up a lung.

That's who she is now. Will she stop before her cancer metastasizes and she becomes terminal?

I don't think so,

This is the most idiotic thing I have ever read.  Is this how free speech ends?
Government workers in the city of Seattle have been advised that the terms "citizen" and "brown bag" are potentially offensive and may no longer be used in official documents and discussions.

KOMO-TV reports that the city's Office of Civil Rights instructed city workers in a recent internal memo to avoid using the words because some may find them offensive.

"Luckily, we've got options," Elliott Bronstein of the Office for Civil Rights wrote in the memo obtained by the station. "For 'citizens,' how about 'residents?'"

In an interview with Seattle's KIRO Radio, Bronstein said the term "brown bag" has been used historically as a way to judge skin color.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Initiative won’t bring back dead kids

ahhh..... The Troy and Alana Pack Patient Safety Act of 2014.  A memorial to the needless death of two innocent children who died at the hands of a crazed, drunken doctor...

No...wait.  That's not what happened.  So why the HELL does the ballot initiative deal with DOCTORS???
Now, for voters who didn’t know any better, they might assume that the hit-and-run driver who killed tender-aged Troy and Alana was a substance-abusing doctor. But nothing could be further from the truth.

In fact, the culprit was a 46-year-old nanny, Jimena Barreto, who was behind the wheel of her gold 1979 Mercedes when she careened across two lanes of a Danville street onto a sidewalk where she struck defenseless Troy and Alana.

Had the proposed ballot measure that bears their names been in place 11 years ago, it would have made no difference. It would not have prevented Barreto — convicted of second-degree murder and currently serving consecutive sentences of 15 years to life — from killing the Pack children.
What amazes me is that this ballot initiative was approved.  It should have been kicked back and the submitters told to stop trying to defraud people.

But, hey. It's CA.